Soochow University (Taiwan)

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Not to be confused with another university in mainland China also translated to Soochow University (蘇州大學).
Soochow University
Soochow University seal
Motto 養天地正氣 法古今完人[1]
Motto in English
Unto A Full Grown Man[2]
Established Founded 1900,
"Reactivated" 1951
Type Private
President Wei-Ta Pan (2012-)
Academic staff
448 full-time, 747 part-time
Undergraduates 12,000
Postgraduates 1,100
Location Taipei City, Taiwan
Campus Semi-rural, 37.5 acres (0.152 km²)
Endowment US$-- (NT$--)
Mascot None
Affiliations Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia
Website (English)
Soochow University
Traditional Chinese 東吳大學
Simplified Chinese 东吴大学

Soochow University (Chinese: 東吳大學) is a private university located in T'aipei, Taiwan. Although Soochow University maintains a church and a Methodist [3] minister in residence, it may be considered a secular institution. Soochow University is the best university for Comparative Law and Accounting in ROC.[4][5][6]


The original Soochow University was founded by Methodists in Suzhou, Jiangsu, Qing dynasty in 1900 as a merger of three existing institutions: the Buffington Institute and the Kung Hang School in the city of Soochow (now spelled Suzhou), in Jiangsu Province, and the Anglo-Chinese College in Shanghai.

After the Chinese Civil War, members of the Soochow Alumni Association who fled to Taiwan established a new institution there in 1951. A law school was opened in 1954, and a full university was certified in 1971.[7] As a new Soochow University was later founded on the original site in 1982, there would be a Soochow University in Taiwan and a Soochow University in Jiangsu.

The campus is home to the tomb of the prominent Chinese politician and diplomat Dr. Wang Ch'ung-hui, who fled to Taiwan after the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949.


Front entrance of Main Campus
Front entrance of Downtown Campus
Zhongzheng Campus Library

Soochow University in Taiwan has two branches: a downtown branch located near the ROC presidential office in Taipei's Zhongzheng district and the main campus located near the National Palace Museum in Taipei's Shilin district. The law and business colleges are located in the downtown campus. All other colleges are located in the main campus.

Shinlin Campus[edit]

The Shinlin Campus 25°05′39″N 121°32′46″E / 25.094067°N 121.546216°E / 25.094067; 121.546216 is situated in the mountainous terrain of the Shinlin District.

The Shinlin campus is marked by signs in Chinese and English

There are various key structures on the Shinlin Campus:

Wang Memorial Hall[edit]

  • Offices of the President and Vice President
  • Office of Academic Affairs
  • Office of Student Affairs
  • Office of General Affairs
  • Office of Social Resources, Alumni Service, and Career Development
  • Office of Research Development
  • Office of International & Cross-Strait Academic Exchange
  • Office of the General Secretary
  • Personnel Office
  • Accounting Center
  • Mandarin Chinese Language Center
  • Registration Division
  • Curriculum Division
  • Admissions Division
  • Documentation Division
  • Cashier's Division
  • Research Affairs Division
  • Development Affairs Division
  • Resources Development Division
  • Alumni Services Division
  • Career Development Center
  • Foreign Students Meeting & Consultation Room
  • Bidding Room
  • Conference Room

The Grand Complex[edit]

Nall Memorial Hall & Ward Memorial Methodist Church[edit]

Second Academic Building & Music Hall[edit]

Motorbike Parking Lot[edit]

Wen Hua Building[edit]

Dyson Memorial Hall[edit]

Sun Memorial Hall[edit]

Guang Dao Hall[edit]

Microbiology & Psychology Building[edit]

Department of Psychology Laboratory[edit]

Department of Psychology[edit]

Stone Memorial Hall[edit]

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Library[edit]

Edward L. Rada Hall[edit]

Second Faculty Building[edit]

First Academic Building[edit]

Faculty and student housing are available on the main campus although they cannot meet demand. There are three female student dorms and two male student dorms with a total occupancy of 1,500. Many students commute to campus by bus and the subway system.


Taiwan's first private university is headed by a president and a board of trustees. The University is divided into six schools or colleges, each having a variety of departments:

  • School of Arts and Social Science
    • Department of Chinese Literature
    • Department of History
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Sociology
    • Department of Social Work
    • Department of Music
    • Center for Teacher Education
  • School of Foreign Language and Culture
    • Department of English
    • Department of Japanese Language and Literature
    • Department of German Language and Literature
    • Language Center
  • School of Science
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Microbiology
    • Department of Psychology
  • School of Law
  • School of Business
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Accounting
    • Department of Business Administration
    • Department of International Business
    • Department of Computer and Information Science
    • Undergraduate Program of Business
  • School of Big Data Management


Sports play an important role in campus life. The downtown campus has tennis and basketball courts. The main campus has indoor and outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, a race track, a mini rock climbing wall, and a field that is used for both softball and soccer. Each year the university holds two major student athletic events.

Much of the sports facilities on the main campus are on land owned by the Taipei city government rather than by the university. The city government has considered in the past to reclaim the land to build an expressway, but has decided to back off with this project.


The university has 183 student clubs or societies, such as Association for Diplomacy Research(SCU A.D.R.).


The Ultramarathon
  • 24-hour International Ultramarathon: Runners from several countries, students, faculty, and celebrities such as Ryoichi Sekiya and Mami Kudo participate in this annual event. Only very few of the contestants venture running for the entire duration of the twenty-four hour marathon. Portable toilets are set up near the race track with one or two toilets reserved for certain internationally renowned runners. Some spectators set up tents near the track and camp the entire night watching the marathon.
  • Campus Christmas Carol: Students from the music department visit the faculty residential apartment complexes to sing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve. Having people singing Christmas carols in the neighborhood is a rare sight in Taiwan since Christians make up a small minority of the Taiwanese population.

Notable alumni[edit]

Noted Soochow faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°05′43″N 121°32′44″E / 25.09528°N 121.54556°E / 25.09528; 121.54556